A Report on the Survey Findings: “JISH Journal Feedback”
Devangini R. Broker, MD (Hom)
Assistant Professor, Department of Repertory & Senior Research Officer, Department of Research and Medical Informatics, Dr. M. L. Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Institute (MLDMHI), Palghar
*Address of correspondence: Dr. Devangini Broker
How to cite this article:
Broker DR. A Report on the Survey Findings: “JISH Journal Feedback”. Journal of Integrated Standardized Homoeopathy (JISH) 2019; 02(03)
Received on: October 14, 2019
Accepted for Publication: December 01, 2019
Obtaining feedback is a critical element among the best practices of performance management. The Journal of Integrated Standardized Homoeopathy (JISH) was designed to enhance the scientific nature of Homoeopathy. It was designed to create a suitable platform for Homoeopathic practitioners, students pursuing Homoeopathy, educationists, and researchers to publish valid articles that enhance our knowledge of Homoeopathy.
The ICR has always valued feedback. Good communication is the key to receiving and giving feedback. This is exemplified in a quote by Bill Gates,
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve”.
In the past year, the JISH has published 4 volumes online in the html format. Approximately 300 – 400 Homoeopaths have read the volumes of the journal. In the process of contemplating the further steps to improve the quality of the Journal so as to fulfill the needs of homoeopathic professionals, a cross-section survey was planned.
A cross-section survey was planned using a Google survey link. The survey included 13 closed and open questions formulated as per the purpose. The content validity of the survey questionnaire was done by the editorial team. The pilot survey was run to understand the response.
The Google link was circulated through WhatsApp and Gmail. The data of 106 participants was procured from the Google survey data spreadsheet.
Descriptive analysis was performed. The analysis included data from 106 participants; 98% were from the Homoeopathy stream and 2% were from other fields. The practitioners who participated in the survey had been practicing for an average of 12 years ± 10 years. Among them, 90 (85%) were postgraduates in Homoeopathy, 12 (11%) were undergraduate students of Homoeopathy, 2 (2%) were pursuing PhD, 1 (1%) was M.A.; M. Ed, and 1 (1%) was from the undergraduate course of Homoeopathy.
Table 1: The participant view point for reading Scientific Medical Journals:
|Reading professional journals helps one to keep abreast with the recent advances in your field||Reading homoeopathic journals is a vital means to keep us and our discipline active and agile|
|Agree||104 (98%)||98 (93%)|
|Not Agree||0 (0%)||1 (1%)|
|May be||2 (2%)||6 (6%)|
Graph 1: Pie graph representing the interest areas of the readers for reading scientific journal materials:
The above pie graph indicates that the majority Homoeopaths prefer to read Homoeopathic (50%) and clinical (26%) journals followed by educational journals (17%).
Table 2: Tabular representation of the enlisted journals, apart from JISH, which Homoeopaths read to update their knowledge:
|NAME OF JOURNALS||No. OF RESPONSES||RESPONSE (%)|
|Indian Journal of Psychiatry||3||2|
|Journal of Gerontology||2||1|
|Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine||2||1|
|Homoeopathy University Journal Jaipur||2||1|
|Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism||2||1|
|Indian Journal of Paediatrics||2||1|
|Advancement in Homoeopathy Research||1||1|
|CMI by SBL||1||1|
|Homoeopathic Medical Panorama – IHMA||1||1|
|Bombay Hospital Journal||1||1|
|Clinical Case Reports||1||1|
|International Journal of High dilution Research||1||1|
|Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology||1||1|
|Harvard Business Review Management||1||1|
|Homoeopathy for all||1||1|
Apart from JISH, 48 journals are read. The majority participants are reading NJH – National Journal of Homoeopathy (27%) followed by IJRH (13%); this is possibly because the journal focuses on evidence-based case reports.
Graph 2: Vertical Bar graph representing the volumes of JISH read by the participants:
We can see that 30 (28%) read 2 volumes of JISH and 23 (22%) read 3 out of 4. Only 14 (13%) have not read any volumes.
Table 3: Tabular representation of the readers’ view point for valuing the knowledge articles published in JISH:
|Usefulness of the Original Articles published in JISH||Usefulness of the Evidenced based Case reports published in JISH|
|Useful||66 (62%)||75 (71%)|
|Useful but can be better||19 (18%)||13 (12%)|
|Not Useful||2 (2%)||2 (2%)|
|Did not read||19 (18%)||14 (13%)|
Among the respondents, 71% felt that the case reports were useful; 62% felt that Original articles are useful. The chi square test was applied, the p value was 0.44 at p ≤ 0.05, which is insignificant. This implies that Original articles and evidence-based Case reports are equally important for readers. However, 12% to 18% of the readers felt that Case reports and Original articles can be improved.
Graph 3: Pie graph representing the respondents’ opinion for the content coverage of editorials from JISH:
Graph 4: Bar Graph representing the interest areas of readers of the JISH articles:
Among all the articles / reports published in JISH, 27% of the readers preferred to read clinical cases and case reports, followed by scientific Research Articles (18%).
Table 4: The contributions readers would like to offer for JISH:
|CONTRIBUTION FOR JISH||NO. OF RESPONSES||RESPONSE (%)|
|Writing case reports||71||36|
|Asking colleagues / students to subscribe to it||39||20|
|Writing scientific articles||34||17|
|Being a reviewer||23||12|
|Writing the book reviews||20||10|
|Application of marketing principles in homoeopathic practice and education||1||1|
|Articles for motivating younger generation for a better practice||1||1|
|Can write guest editorial||1||1|
|Not yet decided||1||1|
|Writing pre – clinical studies||1||1|
Graph 5: Pie graph representing the preferred format of the JISH Journal:
Table 5: Tabular representation of the preference of articles needed in JISH:
|PREFERRED LIST OF ARTICLES||NO. OF RESPONSES||RESPONSE (%)|
|Enhancing knowledge of homoeopathy||85||41|
|Enhancing clinical knowledge||67||32|
|Enhancing research aptitude||45||21|
|Teaching – education related knowledge||2||1|
|Better marketing and soft skills||1||0|
|Knowledge about current scenario of the field||1||0|
|ICR literature related articles||1||0|
Graph 6: The subscription rates which readers usually preferred:
The readers gave more preference to Homoeopathic journals as compared to clinical and educational ones. They found evidence-based case reports and original articles more useful, as their application enhances their Homoeopathic practice; this makes sense as the majority of respondents are Homoeopathic practitioners practicing since the past 2 to 22 years. This preference has influenced the readers’ choice of journals as well. Most readers preferred to read NJH and IJRH, which include case reports and original research articles. This was followed by the journals related to the fundamentals of Homoeopathic literature. Similarly, the majority of JISH readers preferred to read case reports and scientific research articles, followed by academic experiences of students, Homoeopathic literature, and education-related articles. This further extends to the contribution section as well. Majority of the readers would like to contribute by writing case reports, scientific articles, and books reviews.
Hence, to subscribe to any journal, the reader looks for Clinical and Homoeopathy knowledge and enhancment of the research aptitude.
When it comes to journals, readers are accustomed to the hard copy, mobile version, or pdf download. A majority of the journals have the provision to download article pdfs. So far, JISH was available only in the html format; this may be one of the factors limiting the number of readers.
- Post Graduates are more acquainted with reading Homoeopathic journals as compared to undergraduates.
- Majority of Homoeopaths agree that they need to read journals to remain up-to-date in their knowledge.
- Majority of Homoeopaths read Homoeopathic and clinical journals followed by educational journals.
- National Journal of Homoeopathy and Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy by CCRH are the journal most read by Homoeopaths.
- Content-wise, readers find JISH apt for clinical cases, original articles, and editorials.
- Majority of the readers would like to contribute by sharing their case reports, writing scientific articles or book reviews, being guest reviewers, or motivating others to read JISH.
- The PDF version or hard copy is most preferred by readers
- Majority of the readers would like to read articles that enhance their Homoeopathic knowledge and prescriptions; they are ready to pay a subscription fee of Rs 200 – 500 per annum.
- There is a need to evolve the system to motivate undergraduate students of Homoeopathy to read Homoeopathic journals.
- Journals should include evidence-based case reports, Homoeopathic literature articles, clinical articles, and articles related to the educational system in Homoeopathy.
- A notice calling for articles should be circulated so that readers can contribute to JISH by sharing their case experiences and / or research work.
- PDF enabled download version of JISH can be upgraded.
- The subscription rate can be between Rs 200-500 per annum.